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Maria Mingallon is an associate at ARUP and a structural engineer with professional engineering licenses in UK, Spain and Canada (Quebec and Ontario). She graduated in 2005 in Civil Engineering in Spain at UCLM and obtained a scholarship to complete her studies at Imperial College in London. She also holds a degree in architecture from the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture in London from which she obtained her second master degree (in Emergent Technologies and Design) and graduated with Distinction in 2009. 

With more than 11 years of experience, Maria is a computation designer and a specialist in parametric design, advanced computation and digital fabrication of complex geometry structures. 

From 2010 to 2013, Maria was also Adjunct Professor at the McGill School of Architecture, a position for which she was awarded the 'Gerald Sheff Visiting Professorship in Architecture' for outstanding part-time teaching, in 2011. She has been a research collaborator at the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM) at McGill University since 2010, for which she has co-directed the design and construction of ContemPLAY and 'b-Shack' (in progress).

Maria has also published several books and papers focused on parametric design of complex geometry structures, notably, the paper: 'The Architecture of the Dragonfly Wing' a biomimicry study on the structural and mechanical behavior of the dragonfly wings, published at ASME and presented in Denver, USA in November 2011.

In may 2015, Maria received the Visionary Prize as part of the 13th edition of the 'Grands Prix de génie-conseil québecois' by the Québec Association of Consulting Engineers. Since 2014, Maria leads the building structural team at the Arup office in Montreal with great success, where she continues to demonstrate that she does not stop at the first feasible solution but instead, she aspires to explore and innovate at every opportunity.

For more information, visit Maria's Linkedin page here.